Category Archives: Braxton Bragg

December 8, 1864: Sherman approaches Savannah

Gen. Beauregard ************************************************************** Sherman is nearing Savannah, and he’s planning his assault on the city. Wheeler reports what he knows, but clearly his cavalry are insufficient to keep an eye on all of Sherman’s forces. Hardee is in charge of … Continue reading

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December 4, 1864: Last chance to stop Sherman

Bragg reports they’re trying to block Sherman’s progress toward Savannah. Rebel troops are being gathered in the Savannah area. Official Records 92:927 AUGUSTA, December 4, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.) Colonel JOHN B. SALE, Military Secretary, Richmond: The column is … Continue reading

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July 29, 1864: Spy reports on Atlanta

A spy returning from Atlanta describes the situation. The soldiers aren’t happy about Hood’s aggressive tactics. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Near Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864. Lieutenant Colonel J. S. FULLERTON; COLONEL: Moore, a scout, whom … Continue reading

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December 27, 1863: Johnston takes command

Having lost Chattanooga, Bragg is out; Johnston is in. Richmond Daily Dispatch: The army of Tennessee. Dalton, Dec.27. –Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and staff arrived here last evening. To day he issued an order assuming command of the Army of … Continue reading

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December 17, 1863: Bragg’s Army could be revived.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch claims that Bragg’s army could be reestablished under a new commander, and both protect Georgia and invade Union Tennessee. Gen. Bragg’s army. It appears that the losses of Gen. Bragg’s army at the battle of Chickamauga, … Continue reading

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November 26, 1863: Pursuing the enemy

Grant follows up on his victory at Chattanooga by sending troops in pursuit of the retreating Bragg. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Chattanooga, November 26, 1863. Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Commanding Army of … Continue reading

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November 22, 1863: Bragg sending away more troops

While Grant is massing for an attack on Missionary Ridge, Bragg sends more troops northeast to Longstreet. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Missionary Ridge, November 22, 1863. Lieutenant-General LONGSTREET: GENERAL: Your dispatch of this morning and your letter of … Continue reading

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November 20, 1863: Bragg retreating?

A dispatch from Bragg recommends getting the noncombatants out of Chattanooga. Is he contemplating an attack on the town? Is he attempting to convince Grant of that so that he can withdraw? From Grant’s report: A deserter from the rebel … Continue reading

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November 16, 1863: Sherman is expected soon

Halleck is worried about Burnside, with Longstreet heading up to attack him. Grant reassures him that Sherman is almost there, and will be heading for the north end of Missionary Ridge to cut him off. And Sherman is feeling so … Continue reading

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November 22, 1863: Bragg sending away even more troops

Some might have criticized Bragg for sending away a large force with Longstreet to attack Burnside, when it was pretty clear that Grant was preparing to attack him in Chattanooga. Here he decided to double down on that decision and … Continue reading

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